Democrats hit Cotton on children's hospital vote

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats' campaign arm on Tuesday began a $3.6 million ad blitz against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, starting with his vote against funding pediatric research at an Arkansas hospital.

Cotton, who is to face Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in the fall, was the only member of the Arkansas delegation to oppose the National Institutes of Health establishing a National Pediatric Research Network that would include the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Cotton and 26 other Republicans opposed the measure, which passed the House but remains stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

"I don't know where his priorities are, but they're not with Arkansas children," a former hospital social worker says in the 30-second ad against Cotton from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

As Maka Parnell says those words, text tells voters that "Arkansas families can't trust Tom Cotton."

Cotton and Pryor are locked in a tight race, and Arkansas is one of a handful of races that stands to decide which party controls the Senate after November's elections. Already, millions in negative ads have flooded the state and strategists in both parties see the race as competitive.

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